Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It’s the perfect spring appetizer!

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It's the perfect spring appetizer!

**The photos for this post were updated in June 2018.

If you follow along here regularly, you know that my idea of a good time is ooh-ing and ahh-ing over fruits and veggies at farmer’s markets or the super market every chance I get.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  I know there must be more people out there like me. 🙂

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It's the perfect spring appetizer!

With that in mind, it’s always exciting for me when I get to try a new variety of produce.  The first time I’d ever experienced fava beans was at cooking school, and I was in love at first bite.

My instructor told us that any time she sees fava beans on the menu at a restaurant, she orders them because she knows the work that’s involved.

I remembered that when I visited a restaurant recently, and saw a fava bean crostini with burrata on the menu.  We ordered it and loved it, and this Fava Bean, Burrata and Mint Crostini is my interpretation of that dish.

Homemade crostini

Ever since cooking school, fava beans have been a variety of produce that I seek out every spring despite the work that’s involved.  The payoff is worth every bit of time that’s spent.

Shelling fava beans is almost therapeutic for me…I actually enjoy the process. 🙂

If you’ve never prepared fresh fava beans, check out my post on How To Cook Fava Beans, complete with a handy video on how to prep and cook them.

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It's the perfect spring appetizer!

Fava Bean, Burrata and Mint Crostini

Once you’ve prepped and cooked your fava beans, the hummus takes only minutes to prepare.  It’s so creamy and that beautiful color just screams spring.

The flavor also screams spring.  There’s a bright pop of flavor from the lemon juice and the fresh mint makes it truly refreshing.

Burrata is such a trendy cheese right now, and it’s on the menu at just about every restaurant we go to.  It’s like fresh mozzarella, but it’s even better.

Basically, Burrata is made from scraps of mozzarella, and it’s got a soft, rich center with a fresh milky quality that oozes out when the cheese is sliced.  It’s downright amazing.

The burrata adds a wonderful richness to the refreshing flavor of the hummus, and the toasted baguette is the perfect accompaniment.

Fava Bean, Burrata and Mint Crostini is the ultimate spring appetizer!

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It's the perfect spring appetizer!

Want more fava bean recipes?

Produce of the Month Guide:  Fava Beans

Spring Farro Salad with Feta, Lemon and Mint

Spring Vegetable Lemon Risotto

Spring Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon

Summer Succotash Salad with Tangy Lime Vinaigrette

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini

Fava Bean, Burrata, and Mint Crostini is fresh, creamy fava bean hummus served with toasted bread and Burrata cheese.  It’s the perfect spring appetizer!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces fresh baguette, sliced 1/2″ thick on the bias
  • 1 lb. fava beans, unshelled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the crostini
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Burrata cheese, sliced

Directions:

Prepare the crostini:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the baguette slices on a large baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and toasted.  Remove from heat and cool.

Prepare the hummus:

  1. Prepare the fava beans according to my instructions in my post How To Cook Fava Beans.
  2. Place the beans in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the lemon juice, mint, salt and pepper.
  3. With the processor on low, add the oil through the chute and process until combined. Taste and correct the seasoning.

Assemble the crostini:

  1. Place about a tablespoon of the hummus on each slice of bread followed by a small slice of Burrata, a bit more puree or cooked fava beans and freshly chopped mint.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep time above includes shelling and cooking the fava beans.
  • The toasted baguette may be made in advance and stored in an air tight container until ready to serve.
  • Fava bean hummus is also delicious as a spread for wraps or a dip for crackers or veggies.

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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